Cops patrolling an area in a city that is perceived as dangerous and unpleasant
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The imagery here of a grotesque modern beast is reminiscent of the apocalyptic beast in Yeats’s poem “Second Coming”:
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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The people in the crowd had no response, as if Talib’s words and performance were no big deal. Talib is throwing pearls to swine in the spoiled (and over-saturated) NYC rap scene, circa 1998.
“Ghetto birds” is a Brooklyn slang for helicopters
People flock together,
Move and swarm with changing ‘weather’
the excrutiating pain a man receives when his balls swell to the size of coconuts because of lack of sex, unfinished bjs, and just not cummin when he knows he should.
Don’t Get it twisted
Get with the Program is what AZ is telling the inexperienced to do
Smoking Weed and Counting/Stacking Money
Hustler and Mobs